Lightroom Killer Tips Lightroom Presets, Videos, Tips and News 2015-07-06T20:48:01Z http://lightroomkillertips.com/feed/atom/ Scott Kelby http://scottkelby.com <![CDATA[Getting a B&W Before/After of Your B&W Editing]]> http://lightroomkillertips.com/?p=7549 2015-07-06T20:48:01Z 2015-07-06T08:16:21Z Here's a quick tip on seeing a before and after of your B&W conversion that makes sense.

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If you started with a color photo (which we normally would), and you converted that image to black and white, and then you edited your black and white image so it’s better than the default black and white conversion (still with me?) if you press the \ (backslash) key to see your before image it will show you the original color image.

But when we’re tweaking a black and white image, what we might want (well, I always want), is to see a “before” image of the default black and white versus our tweaks, not jumping all the way back to the color image, which is kinda useless. So, how do we get to that?

There are two ways to get around this:

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(1) As soon as you convert to black and white, press Command-N (PC: Ctrl-N) to save the conversion as a snapshot. Now you can get back to your B&W original anytime by going to the Snapshots panel and clicking on that snapshot. Or…

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(2) After you convert to black and white, press Command-’ (PC: Ctrl-’) to make a virtual copy, and then do your editing on this copy. That way you can use \ to compare your black and white tweaks against the default black and white.

[UPDATE: Awesome bonus tip from reader Steve Crane. He wrote: “Also, remember that you can right click on any history step and designate it as the before image so that is what is flipped to when pressing ‘\’. For the black and white example, designate the step that converted to B&W as the before image.” Thanks, Steve! :-)

Hope you find that helpful.

Best,

-Scott

P.S. This part is just for members of the KelbyOne Online Training Community- make sure you check out my class on “Cool layout idea in Lightroom.” I’ve gotten a ton of great feedback on it, and in the class I build lots of those multi-photo layouts, so even if you know how to make them, and just need some new ideas or creative inspiration, give this one a ook. Here’s the link. 

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Pete Collins http://petecollins.com/ <![CDATA[Revisit the past]]> http://lightroomkillertips.com/?p=7545 2015-07-01T14:05:58Z 2015-07-01T14:05:58Z So my wife was wanting me to print out some of our fami […]

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So my wife was wanting me to print out some of our family pictures to hang on the wall, and so when she had made her selection of images that she wanted, I had a few of them that were just small files for display on the web, and when I went looking for the large jpeg, I could only find the RAW image. So, I had to re-edit them using the latest version of Lightroom. The difference in the two images is pretty cool when you look at the detail in the clouds and the more precise way I could brighten the faces etc…

And so my tip for today is to go back to some of your favorite images or even some images that you just couldn’t get right a couple of years ago and run them through Lightroom again… the difference may surprise you. We forget that the technology has changed quite a bit and our images can look even better thanks to the updates in the software. This is a great time to play with the past, and family photos especially may be the perfect subjects for an update since if you are like me, your main goal was just to get everyone still and in the frame and not necessarily the best composition and lighting. So give yourself and your work a little emotional boost and update some of those older edits and hopefully you will come away with a smile.

Original edit from several years ago

Original edit from several years ago

Image edited with the latest Lightroom

Image edited with the latest Lightroom

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Scott Kelby http://scottkelby.com <![CDATA[Using the new Dehaze slider on Fireworks]]> http://lightroomkillertips.com/?p=7538 2015-06-30T14:15:41Z 2015-06-30T14:13:48Z One of our readers had a great tip for using the Dehaze slider on fireworks :)

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This tip comes courtesy of one of our readers (thanks Randy F.) who pointed out in a comment here last Friday that the new Dehaze slider just added to Lightroom CC works pretty darn well for removing haze from Fireworks, and with July 4th coming up, I thought it was a perfect tip for today. :)

I have noticed that the slider is much more effective (no pun intended) on images still in RAW format, versus those in JPEG (I did a comparison on the same file in RAW vs an exported JPEG and it’s a pretty wide difference).

So, keep this up your sleeve for the Independence Day post-processing. :)

Hope you have a great one today!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. I’m giving away two tickets to my London “Shoot Like a Pro: RELOADED!” seminar coming up in two weeks, over on my Facebook page. Just leave a comment there and you’re entered. 

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Scott Kelby http://scottkelby.com <![CDATA[Results from Friday’s “Lightroom Mobile Use” Survey]]> http://lightroomkillertips.com/?p=7533 2015-06-29T12:23:48Z 2015-06-29T08:16:13Z Here’s the results from Friday’s one-questi […]

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Here’s the results from Friday’s one-question survey about your use of Lightroom on your mobile devices.

I’m saw some comments here, and over on my Facebook page and Twitter where some folks didn’t realize that it’s now available on Android tablets and phones, so if you didn’t realize it, it’s time to go download it and give it a whirl.

Interesting to note:
A margin of only 8% separates the “You bet!” response from “Not interested at all” crowd, which I thought was a bit surprising, until I read some of the comments here about why, which ran the gambit from “It doesn’t work on the software version of my OS” to “There’s not a Kindle version” to “It’s too small to use on phone and I don’t have a tablet.”

Another interesting stat:
overall 64% either are not using it, can’t use it, or have no plans to take advantage of it. My guess is that 29% that’s not interested would drop pretty significantly if they actually downloaded it and used it. Adobe keeps tweaking it and making it better and better, and I find myself using it more and more.

Speaking of new features…
I have one item on my “wish list” that I would love to see added, and while it doesn’t affect my usage of Lightroom mobile, it sure would make the experience better if you could drag and drop to rearrange the order of individual thumbnails on the device (instead of having to go to the desktop version of Lightroom on your computer; rearrange them there, and then those changes are updated in the mobile version). I can’t think of any photo Apps that make you go to your computer just to rearrange the order of thumbnails. This one is overdue.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the survey, and hope you all have a great Monday! (Make sure you check in tomorrow for a very handy Lightroom tip from one of our readers). :)

Best,

-Scott

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Scott Kelby http://scottkelby.com <![CDATA[Got a Quick Sec For a One-Question Lightroom Survey?]]> http://lightroomkillertips.com/?p=7527 2015-06-26T04:13:46Z 2015-06-26T08:16:43Z Hi Gang – I’m back from vacation (took some […]

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Hi Gang – I’m back from vacation (took some time off for a trip with the family before my son heads off for college).

Would you mind taking a quick survey about your use (or non-use) of the Mobile version of Lightroom? Aww, thanks…you are awesome (and here’s the link):

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Hope you all have an awesome Lightroom-infused weekend (I’m doing a fashion shoot today for a KelbyOne online class, and I’ll be tethering into Lightroom and using Lightroom mobile so the Art Director can see my shots live on an iPad during the shoot). :)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. If you’re super-into Lightroom, check out the Lightroom learning tracks at the Photoshop World Conference & Expo coming up in Vegas in August. RC, Pete and I will all be teaching Lightroom sessions there – hope we’ll see you there. 

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Pete Collins http://petecollins.com/ <![CDATA[Quick workflow tip]]> http://lightroomkillertips.com/?p=7498 2015-06-15T19:51:24Z 2015-06-24T05:01:31Z I like to have as much room for images in my Lightroom […]

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I like to have as much room for images in my Lightroom panels, and so I will hide my side panels, but sometimes you want to jump from one folder to another in either the Library or Develop module. You can easily do that if you have the Filmstrip open at the bottom. Simple Right-click on the black bar of the Filmstrip to bring up a new menu that has a list of your recent folders amongst other things.

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Right click brings up more options menu

Now the key is to click on the black bar, not the dark gray one just above it. That won’t do anything for you.

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Remember black bar will go far… gray bar will not. Ok, that was a terrible rhyme… but now you may remember it. :D

When the menu comes up, just click on the folder you want and it will open that one up for you lickety split. :D

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while you have that menu up, you can check out a few other options.

 

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Pete Collins http://petecollins.com/ <![CDATA[Dual Monitor Conundrum]]> http://lightroomkillertips.com/?p=7491 2015-06-15T19:35:33Z 2015-06-17T05:01:56Z So I thought I would share with you a little snag I ran […]

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So I thought I would share with you a little snag I ran into with Lightroom in the hopes that it can save you some embarrassment in the future.

Here is the scenario…

I am in Lightroom going through my grid of images and I need to update a couple of images so I right click on the little Exclamation Icon in the upper right. I happen to notice in the drop down menu one of the options is “Lock to Second Monitor.” Well, since I had my Macbook hooked up to my Wacom Cintiq, I thought “sure, let’s see what happens.”

Curiosity can be dangerous. :D

Curiosity can be dangerous. :D

It did just about what I thought it would… throw the image over on the other monitor… and it didn’t even stump me that the image was locked. I had paid enough attention to the menu item… so I noticed the options in the upper right hand of the window. This did however, lead me to chase the white rabbit and start playing with the Normal, Live and Locked options for a bit of time before I remembered why I was here.

Try out the three options to see what you like. I like to use Live just so I can say that I am not Normal. :D

Try out the three options to see what you like. I like Live just so I can say that I am not Normal. :D

The ability to use a second monitor is great, the problem arose when I realized that I was not sure how to get rid of that window.

It was quite simple to play around and switch the views so that the grid is on the small screen and the full-sized preview on the larger monitor. The problem was how do I stop having that set up when I need to do something else?

So here is the deal, I am a Photoshop guy and write for a Lightroom blog, and yet I could not figure out how in the heck to turn that option off. I clicked everything, I tried the Views drop down menu and just about everything you could think of. I am trusting that you have all been there before, you know that there is a simple answer, but it is eluding you like a white whale and your name is Ahab. Pride is telling you to just restart you computer and tell no one… but that would be admitting defeat, and just ahead of my own pride is the stubbornness that a piece of software is not going to get the better of me. I go down to RC’s office and say in a laid back voice as possible… “Hey, when you get a minute, will you come down and take a look at something… no rush… just whenever.” (You know you have to play it cool and mellow… sort of like when you trip on the sidewalk, the most important thing is to try to act cool, even if you have dislocated your shoulder. )

So RC comes down a few minutes later and I am explain my situation. In just a few moments, we are both scratching our heads and saying… I know there is a way, I have seen it before. RC becomes convinced that it was changed in the last version and that we will have to figure out a work around. I suggest that Scott has come in and hacked my software and removed it… :D Finally, RC tells me to pull up the Filmstrip window and there in the  left hand corner is the icons for two monitors. Now not only can I turn the monitors on and off, but I can easily access the drop down menu for different views. We proceed to do the happy dance in a very masculine, non-weird way!

There is the sneaky set of icons over on the left of the Filmstrip panel.

There is the sneaky set of icons over on the left of the Filmstrip panel.

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Right click on the icons for different view options for the screens

That is sometimes the hardest part about learning… we think we know it, but then something doesn’t line up exactly how you remember it. When that happens… take a step back, regroup and maybe ask for help. So often we feel the need to pretend that we have all the answers and that we can only let the world see that we have it all together. The funny thing is, that not only will I remember where that icon is, but I also got to share an experience with my buddy… which may or may not have included a happy dance. Life and Learning go better when we ask for help because it reminds us to stop being so isolated.

So this tip is for two things… One: remember to use two monitors if you can and where the icons are. Two: if you run into trouble give RC a holler his phone number is 555-867-5309.

 

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Scott Kelby http://scottkelby.com <![CDATA[Adobe Releases New Features for Lightroom CC and Lightroom Mobile]]> http://lightroomkillertips.com/?p=7513 2015-06-16T09:04:14Z 2015-06-16T08:32:14Z Big news for Lightroom CC users — Adobe just announced […]

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Big news for Lightroom CC users — Adobe just announced the 2015 Release of the Creative Cloud, and in it came some very awesome new features for Lightroom Mobile, and for Lightroom on the desktop. 

They introduced a very cool new feature (which Adobe already kind of “sneak peeked”) for Lightroom on the Desktop, and they made a big improvement to one of its existing features. NOTE: these new features are only available in Lightroom CC — they will not be added to Lightroom 6 (as RC and I mentioned to death at the initial launch just a few months ago). 

We’ll start with the Lightroom for your Mobile Device stuff, because they’re pretty substantial: First, they added three Develop Module features from Lightroom Desktop to the mobile version, and they implemented them in a very clever way (from a User Interface standpoint).

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The Color/B&W panel is here! 
You know it, you love it, you can’t live without it, and now it’s in Lightroom Mobile’s Adjust panel: Just swipe upward on the tiles and you’ll see all three new features (note the little icon on the far left that lets you know which set of controls you’re seeing. This is a mobile version of the HSL panel, and also, check out the on-screen controls for adjusting each individual color (you can do it even after you convert to black and white as seen here). You just click and drag the HSL sliders where you want them, right on screen.

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How ‘bout them Vignettes!
Coming straight to you from the Effects panel in the Develop Module, it’s the same controls that do the same thing. Glad to see them here (you access them the same way — swipe up/down on the row of Adjustment Tiles).

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The Mighty Tone Curve
I honestly did not expect to see this one here so soon, but it is, and it’s very cleverly implemented — right on screen. Note: I put the thin white box around it is just to make it easier for you to see —  there isn’t an outline around it — it just blends right in nicely. Just tap on screen and drag the curve up or down, and you can drag the sliders underneath the curve the same way.

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Another new feature:  now you can add videos you took on your camera or tablet; add them to LR Mobile, and they will sync back to your Desktop Lightroom.

OK, that’s the big stuff for Lightroom on your mobile device. On to the Desktop features:

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The Dehaze (or add haze) Effect
This is the one Adobe sneak-peeked, and it’s actually pretty darn slick, and anyone who shoot underwater photography, or takes shot at an aquarium, or just shoots on hazy days will so love this. It cuts through haze amazingly well (and it doesn’t just add really ol’ contrast — it’s its own brand of contrast that works particularly well for this type of stuff). It’s found at the bottom of the Effects panel.

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If you drag the Dehaze slider to the left, it becomes the “add haze” slider (see above right).

 

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One more big thing for Desktop (see above)
The Whites & Blacks sliders have been added to the Adjustment Brush, Graduated Filter and Radial Filter. Sa-weet! :)

Well, that’s a quick look at what’s new in the 2015 Creative Cloud update from Adobe (there’s Photoshop CC stuff, too — Camera Raw got the Dehaze filter and the Whites & Blacks sliders in the Adjustment Tools so it stays consistent when working between LR and PS).

We’re posting a Photoshop CC 2015 update launch center later today, and I’ll share that link when it goes live.

Have a great “we got new stuff” kinda Lightroom day!

Best,

-Scott

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Scott Kelby http://scottkelby.com <![CDATA[My New Q&A Column in “Lightroom Magazine”]]> http://lightroomkillertips.com/?p=7486 2015-06-15T14:24:22Z 2015-06-15T14:24:22Z I'm kicking off a new column in the print (and digital) editions of Lightroom Magazine.

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Happy Monday everybody!

Just wanted to let you KelbyOne members out there to know that I’ve kicked off a new Lightroom Q&A column in Lightroom magazine (this is our new “magazine within a magazine” that comes inside each issue of Photoshop User magazine, which is published in print and digital 10-times a year for KelbyOne members. 

In the magazine I’m answering many of the great questions that are posted here by you, our LightroomKillerTips.com readers  (thank you for that), so if you’re a KelbyOne member, keep an eye out for the new issue of Photoshop User, and my new column in Lightroom Magazine.”

Hope you all have a great Monday, and make sure you stop back by tomorrow – I’ve got some really cool stuff lined up! :)

Best,

-Scott

 

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Scott Kelby http://scottkelby.com <![CDATA[Lightroom Mobile Tip: Seeing (and fixing) Highlight Clipping Problems]]> http://lightroomkillertips.com/?p=7477 2015-06-12T12:08:10Z 2015-06-12T12:08:10Z Here's a quick tip on seeing if your image has Highlight Clipping, and if it does, how to fix it.

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Mornin’ everybody! Today I’ve got one for all you Lightroom Mobile users, and it’s on how to find the somewhat hidden Highlight Clipping warning, and how to fix the problem. Here goes:

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STEP ONE:
Here’s the image that we’re concerned might have some clipping (major loss of detail) in the highlights (spoiler alert: it’s got clipping problems).

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STEP TWO: In the Adjust section, tap on either the Highlights, Exposure, or Whites tiles to bring up its slider (it appears along the bottom of your image), then do a “Two-finger tap and hold”  directly on the slider (as seen here —  those two red dots represent where I two-finger tapped), and the screen turns black. Any areas in the photo that are clipping will appear on screen (as seen above). If you see yellow areas, just the yellows are clipping. If you see reds or blues, just those areas are clipping. If you see some parts in solid white — all the channels are clipping, and if it’s an area of important detail, there’s not actually going to be any detail there, so we’d better fix it, eh?

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STEP THREE: While you’re holding your two-fingers down on the slider, drag the Highlights slider over to the left until the screen turns solid black (as seen above), and the clipping is gone. Usually, the Highlights slider along will do the trick, but if it doesn’t, you might have to lower the amount of the Whites or even the Exposure to get things back to normal, but both of those sliders also have the same Highlight Warning preview as well. Again, most of the time the Highlights slider will be all you need.

Hope you find that helpful. :)

London Calling
I want to invite all my friends in the UK to come out my one-day seminar — coming to London on July 14th. Details and tickets are at this link (I’ll be teaching my “Lightroom Seven Point System” at the seminar, and I’d love to meet you there in person. Had just an amazing time (and a wonderful turnout) with my original “Shoot Like a Pro” seminar there last year. This “Reloaded” seminar is all-new, so if you went to the first one, this is all different stuff. Hope to see you there in person.

Have a great weekend everybody, and we’ll see ya back here on Monday!

Cheers,

-Scott

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